Linda pubpixThe old West had a shortage of everything except hard times and backbreaking work and there was sure plenty of that. Pioneer women took extra pains with all their belongings and to lose something as small as a button really was difficult to take.

Buttons have been around approximately 4,000 years with their history dating back to Egypt. Archeologists have unearthed them in ancient tombs and in archeological digs.

At first buttons were used entirely for decoration. Men and women both wore buttons to adorn themselves. King Louis XIV of France spent $600,000 a year on buttons and King Francis I once had 13,600 buttons sewn to a single coat. The First Duke of Buckingham had a suit and cloak covered in diamond buttons. Talk about extravagant.

ForeverTXBrideFrom ancient times, buttons have been fashioned from pearls, shells, glass, metal, wood, bone and antler, precious stones, porcelain, and leather among other materials. It appears that our ancestors made buttons from everything imaginable that was available at the time. Buttons with images of angels on them date back hundreds of years. Early buttons showed beautiful artistry. Artists filled their time painting portraits and scenery on them. Europe became so button crazy the church denounced them as “the devil’s snare,” mainly because of women’s buttoned-front dresses. Even the Puritans condemned buttons as sinful.

No one is quite sure when someone came along and fashioned the first buttonhole, but it was quite an accomplishment. Everyone jumped on the band wagon. It was so nice to able to make form-fitting garments that didn’t have to be secured with a belt, rope or other device.

Sadly, decorated buttons have become a lost art. These today are made of plastic.

Button collecting began in the 1930’s. The National Button Society was formed in 1938. There are thousands of collectors today. People collect all kinds and shapes and some of the prices fetched for a single button is outrageous. Recently, a button was sold in auction for $850.

I have a new book out this week! YAY! FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE is the third and final book in the Bachelors of Battle Creek series and I can say I’ve saved the best for last. Reviews are already coming in and everyone seems to love it.


She was a pickpocket and he a half-breed…bound by a love that’s stronger than iron bars.

“There’s this thing between us that refuses to die. I’d like nothing better than to be able to…” His words faded. He’d give anything to change people’s views about his race…to be able to make her his wife.

But the world wasn’t that simple. Not for people like them.

All his life, Brett Liberty has straddled two worlds: white and Iroquois. The only place he’s truly at peace is with his wild mustangs. Arrested for the color of his skin, he discovers Rayna Harper in the cell next to him. Rough and tumble Rayna has known little kindness, but Brett sees the depth of her heart hidden beneath layers of hurt and fear, and he refuses to leave without her.

Something about the damaged, flame-haired beauty calls to him. Yet even as the two outcasts are drawn together, terrible danger at the hands men eaten with hate threatens to tear them apart. Brett knows he should let her go, but he’s taken with the woman who looks at him as if he were just any other man…and melts in his arms as if the brush of his lips is enough to chase all her demons away…

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Do you keep a stash of buttons like I do? Can you imagine wearing a piece of clothing that has over 13,000 buttons sewn on it?

I’m giving away a book (winner’s choice of print or ebook.) Leave a comment to enter the drawing.

About LindaBroday

I'm a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of western historical romance. I love stories of the old West and the people who once lived there. I haunt libraries and museums and can hang out in them for hours. To tell all the stories that are in my head would take a lifetime.



  1. My Granny Lucas was a seamstress and she also sewed all my clothes I wore growing up til I was in Middle school. I have her collection of buttons she kept. There are some real beauty’s in that jar of buttons. Thank you for all the info. on buttons, I had never heard the history of buttons before. I will have to go through and look at Granny’s buttons again. I have some framed in a picture frame by her photo. Precious memories.

    • Hi Tonya……Your Granny Lucas sounds like my mom. I never had a store bought dress until I was a senior in high school. When she passed away she had a big jar of buttons. I don’t know what happened to them and that makes me sad. I hope my sisters didn’t throw them away. Jodi Thomas plays a game with her old buttons. She gathers the grandkids around and lets them choose one button from the jar. Then she tells them a story about who wore clothes with that button on it and what they were like. For some reason, that always makes me cry. I have my own big button jar and sometimes I like to just take them out and look at them.

      Have a wonderful day, my friend! Hugs!

  2. I loved reading about the buttons. I have a few buttons on back-up but I cannot imagine clothing with that many buttons. I imagine it would be quite heavy!

    • Hi C_Patterson…….Thank you so much for coming over. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog and left a comment. I think we all pretty much have buttons lying around. At least we should. Nearly everything I buy has a few extra buttons for you. Oh my goodness, I can’t imagine 13,600 buttons on any one piece of clothing either! That must’ve been quite a sight. And they weren’t even on there to use, just to adorn. That’s crazy.

      I’ve entered you in the drawing. Good luck!

  3. Wonderful post. I remember my great-grandmother having a collection of buttons. Pretty sure she didn’t come close to 13,000 though. Looking forward to Brett’s story.

    • Hi Alisa……..Thank you for coming over. I’m so glad to see you, my dear. We’re old friends by now. I wish I could’ve seen that old button collection of your great-grandmother’s. I love looking at the really old buttons and imagining who might’ve worn them. Just like gravestones there are stories in buttons.

      I’m glad you’re looking forward to reading about Brett Liberty. He has a special story to tell. Good luck in the drawing!

  4. Linda, your post made me think of the jar of buttons my mom kept in her linen closest. As a kid, I used to empty that jar on the floor every now and then so I could look through the buttons and choose my favorites, all before putting them carefully back so no one would know I’d touched them. Not that my mom cared, but somehow I cared. Wish I still had those buttons, but at least I have the jar…and the memories 🙂

    • Hi Jacqui……..I’m so happy to see you. Glad you came to talk about buttons. Oh my goodness, I’m sure your mom had a great button stash. Wish I could’ve seen them. I feel like you did about touching them. In a way, it’s like you’re touching the person who wore the clothes they came off of. Each button has its own story, some are sad and others are happy. Buttons are such a personal item and I feel reverence toward them. I wonder what happened to your mom’s buttons? I hope someone kept them and treasured them. But like you said, at least you still have the jar.

      Big Texas hugs, my friend!

  5. The buttons reminds me of the jars of buttons my mom had for her crafts. I didn’t know that they used to be so extravagant. I can’t wait to read this third installment!!

    • Hi Kelli J………Thank you so much for coming by and leaving a comment. I really am happy to see you. Buttons are used for so many things other than to fasten clothes. Sometimes I forget that. I just love buttons and if I had been King Louis XIV, I’d have wanted them everywhere too.

      I’m glad you’re excited about this book. I think you’ll love Brett’s and Rayna’s special love story. Of the three brothers, I think his wounds were deepest.

      Good luck in the drawing!

    • Hi BN100…….Thank you for coming. It’s always so nice to see you.

      Good luck in the drawing.

  6. I do have a stash. One of my favorite blouses was one where each button was different but similar, different shapes but made from the same material, cream porcelain trimmed on brass.

    • Hi Sandy D……..Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m very glad to see you. That blouse sounds very pretty and those buttons really must set it off. Keep your button stash. You never know when you’ll need one. And besides all that, if you have small children or grandchildren, you can play a game with those buttons. Jodi Thomas lets her grandchildren choose one button and then she tell them a story about the person who wore clothes that it came off of. It’s a neat game and the children love it.

      Good luck in the Drawing!

  7. I do keep a small stach of buttons you never know when you will need one. My sister has a lot of button though.

    • Hi Quilt Lady…….I’m so very happy to see you. Thanks for coming. I agree that keeping buttons handy is necessary because you’ll always have an extra if you lose one. I’d love to look through your sister’s collection. I’ll bet she has some interesting ones.

      Good Luck in the drawing!

  8. I’m waiting, and hoping, that Walmart puts out the new books this afternoon. I can’t wait to read Brett’s story! Thank you so much for ending the suspense of the wait!

    • Hi Marla……Thank you for coming. It’s wonderful to see you. Yes, the wait has been long for Brett’s story. I do hope you enjoy it when you finally read it and when you do, I’d love to know what you think.

      Have a wonderful day and good luck in the drawing!

  9. I love your books. The Texas mail-order bride series is amazing. I want to read them over and over. I am going to get this new book ASAP, I hope I win this. Thanks.

    • Hi Angela…….Thank you for your wonderful comment. It really makes me happy when readers say they like my books. It makes all the hours and sacrifice from family time worth it.

      Good Luck!!

  10. hoping the Christmas season be good for everybody and no more heartaches on the world over shootings like on the latest in California, be peace in the world

    • Hi Karen…….Thank you so much for coming. Yes, I yearn for peace too. My heart is aching. So much hate and prejudice that explodes into violence and takes innocent people’s lives.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  11. I remember my grandma keeping buttons however I don’t keeps buttons.. I really love your writing style and books thanks for the chance